I am forwarding this dance survey from the SCA dance list and the music group, Musica
Yours in service to the dream, Lady Barbara, al-Barran
"Lara Coutinho aka.Sophia" wrote:
> Greetings dancers!
> Remember participating in the survey I posted about SCA dance tunes and
> which 21 tunes people most wanted to see published in new versions on
> one new CD?
> I thank you most sincerely for participating, and I have some results
> to share with you. I compiled your survey responses into raw data that
> gave me a ranking of all the 74 (or so) tunes on the request list.
> Given that there were a lot of personal comments for many of these
> tunes that gave weight to individual tunes, I evaluated each tune
> individually. The issues that went into each tune's evaluation
> includes but is not limited to the following:
> --Personal comments from the survey
> --The experience level of the people making those comments
> --The ease of availability of the recordings for each tune
> --The quality of currently available recordings
> --The value of the tune in the Big Picture of SCA dance education
> --If another SCA dance band (that I knew of) had recorded the tune or
> planned to soon record it
> --If someone made a particularly good argument for a tune
> I culled the list down to 35 tunes. We have room for 21-23, depending
> on the length of individual tunes. Some have already been recorded
> based on some really emphatic survey replies and some artistic whims on
> our part.
> Instead of posting those 35 tunes here, I will tempt you by posting the
> list within a final survey. I've posted a survey that will help us
> prioritize this list of 35 at the link below. You can see the
> semi-final list there and see results of the survey (so far)
> immediately after submitting your survey. It's just one page and
> should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.
> Here's the link to the Final Priority Survey:
> And here's the link to the previous survey in case you want to make an
> emphatic argument for a tune that didn't make the semi-final 35:
> Please be sure to copy and paste the *entire* link - it's long.
> *These will only be available online until MARCH 31!*
> Lastly, I am including some "introduction text" below for SCA dancers
> who may be unfamiliar with this project. I didn't want to bore the
> rest of you with the same story again. If you choose to FWD this email
> to another list or person who may be able to contribute a beneficial
> point of view, please include the text below. The survey won't make
> sense without it.
> Many thanks to each of you. You are helping serve the entire SCA dance
> community with your participation. I sincerely appreciate your time!
> Sophia the Orange (orange@...)
> Producer, Musica Subterranea
> INTRODUCTION TEXT:
> Medieval Dances match up with music recordings on various CDs, in
> general, but Medieval Dance Teachers often need to spend great amounts
> of energy and money collecting enough CDs to provide all the music
> needed for SCA dance students. These CDs can also be hard to find,
> possibly out of print, or they may contain very few useable tracks.
> To remedy this problem, Musica Subterranea has been publishing CDs that
> are collections of SCA dance music. We research what tunes are most
> needed in the SCA dance community, arrange sheet music from period
> sources, and produce copyright clean CDs of 21 dance tunes each. This
> has helped experience dance teachers by providing new music for some
> dances that previously only had poor quality recordings to dance to,
> and this has helped new dance teachers by making it easier to collect
> the music necessary to practice this art.
> We are nearing completion of our third CD which has collected many
> dance tunes together onto one CD that otherwise would be spread out
> over many, sometimes hard to find, CDs. There is, however, limited
> space on the actual CD (74 minutes) and there are other limited
> resources in the long term life of this recording process. Therefore,
> prioritizing the tunes that can be recorded on this next CD is
> extremely important if we are to serve the SCA dance community to the
> best of our abilities. To that end, I am asking the SCA dance
> community to help Musica Subterranea establish a final priority list
> for the tunes available for us to record. We will not be able to
> record everything we want to with the resources currently available to
> us, so we will record the most needed tunes as long as we can identify
> which ones they are.
> My research up to this point has produced the following list of high
> priority tunes. Justification for calling these "high priority"
> include but are not limited to the following: popular dance with only
> poor quality recordings available, newly reconstructed dance with no
> accompanying tune, popular dance with incorrect or inauthentic music
> recordings in circulation, popular dance whose only recording is on a
> hard-to-find CD.
> Please rate each tune's priority as High, Medium, or Low. The question
> to ask yourself for each tune is "How high a priority is it to get a
> new recording of this tune into the hands of SCA dancers via means of a
> collection CD?" Please consider that some tunes may be of interest to
> a very small group of people who won't mind at all digging up the
> currently available recordings. Some of those tunes can be helpful to
> larger groups of people, some not. All your comments are welcome, and
> there will be space at the end for you to type them in for submission.
> Always reply to "orange@..." even if you get this message from "orangesophie@..."
> Thanks so much! --Sophie/Lara
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